Maharashtra chief minister and MMRDA chairman Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday approved the Metro 5 (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan) and Metro 6 (Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg) corridors. The 24-km Metro 5 corridor will have 17 stations and cost R8,416 crore. The 14.5-km Metro 6 corridor will have 13 stations and cost R6,672 crore. The approvals were given at a meeting of the MMRDA.
Both these projects will now be placed before the state Cabinet soon for government approval.
Besides these metro projects, two more important projects were also approved by the MMRDA. In the first project, R194 crore was approved for setting up 500 Wi-Fi hotspots in Mumbai. The on-ground work of identifying 500 Wi-Fi hotspots in the first phase in the city will be carried out by the Maharashtra Information and Technology Corporation under the aegis of the Directorate of Information and Technology.
The authority also approved R259 crore for the widening of a rail overbridge at Kopri, Thane (East) in order to improve the traffic situation. The existing four-lane bridge will give way to a new eight-lane bridge with service roads.